The recovery time for patients following kyphoplasty is relatively short, with pain lasting a couple of days at most, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Some patients can walk again only an hour or so following surgery.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that treats vertebral fractures, explains Massachusetts General Hospital. During the operation, the surgeon uses image guidance to guide a balloon and restore the original size and shape of a collapsed vertebra. Following the collapsed vertebra's restoration, the surgeon injects a medical cement into the bone to stabilize it. The average age of kyphoplasty patients is 70, although younger patients with osteoporosis and those with vertebral destruction from malignant tumors also receive the surgery.